Port Clyde artist Greg Mort’s paintings are featured in the Brandywine River Museum’s fall exhibition “REALITY Check.” “KARNAC,” Mort’s 2007 oil, honors Port Clyde luminary, famed turn-of-the-century artist, arctic explorer and astronomer Russell W. Porter.

Included in Mort’s starkly realistic trompe l’oeil work is Porter’s paint box, lenses and the 4,000 year old bronze Egyptian statue of the cat Karnac, all acquired by Mort from Porter’s estate.

The Brandywine River Museum is known for its outstanding collection of 19th and early 20th century American trompe l’oeil paintings. A French term meaning “fool the eye,” trompe l’oeil is part of a long tradition of illusionism that dates to antiquity. In this exhibition, the museum presents the work of 22 contemporary trompe l’oeil artists and examines how the tradition has evolved in the present day.

This exhibition is supported by the museum’s Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.